Last year during one of my upper division class I was sitting off to the side not paying much attention while a group of my classmates presented. I use the word classmates instead of friends here not because I have anything against them, no, but because while I see this group everyday we had never once said ‘hello’ to one another. As they were presenting one of the members began to stutter. Making matters worse no one, not just me, was paying attention.
All I did was make eye contact with her.
Maybe it gave her a place to focus. Maybe it showed her someone did care. Maybe it calmed her nerves. She was able to find her place again and continue the presentation. It was never brought up. We didn’t talk about it. We didn’t become friends. It was much more basic than that. It was the simplest form of human connection; eye contact.
Such a small gesture can have such a big impact yet we constantly avoid it. We avoid looking at strangers on the street more content with burring our heads. We avoid it with those who are suffering, embodying the childish belief of ‘if I can see you than you aren’t there.’ We honor this connection and only share among our friends, relatives or loved ones. But why? We give this select group the reassurance of physical contact shouldn’t we at least give the rest of our species the bare minimum?
So I’d like to offer this word to ‘The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows’
Guze: n. the most basic form of interaction currency. The shared gaze of two beings as they pass by in this world, a kind note left hidden for someone else to find or even a simple nod of agreement from across the room. The smallest form of friendly gesture preformed selfishly and without words.
Alright so those of you who are familiar with classic internet websites will undoubtedly realize I am referencing the webpage by the same name. TDOS is a great place and has had a massive impact on the way I write.
Here’s the website link: http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/
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